The Mother-Daughter Duo – Battle in the Saddle

A mother and daughter share their love of cutting and competition during Battle in the Saddle in Oklahoma City.

Mother and daughter share their love of cutting and competition during Battle in the Saddle in Oklahoma City.

Taylor Langdon of Aubrey, Texas, cuts on Dartin Playboy during Battle in the Saddle in Oklahoma City.

By Larri Jo Starkey

Meet Lisa and Taylor Langdon, the mother-daughter team. Or as Lisa begrudgingly admits, the daughter-mother team, because Taylor does her fair share of winning when they cut against each other in amateur contests.

On July 8, Taylor came up on top again in the $50,000 amateur competition at Battle in the Saddle in Oklahoma City.

She rode into the herd in the Jim Norick Coliseum on Dartin Playboy, fourth to work, knowing that her mother would be the very next rider to work.

She admits she doesn’t remember much of her ride.

“It’s a little bit of a blur, but I couldn’t ask for a better horse,” Taylor says, patting “Dartin” on the neck. “He’s spot-on, never missed a beat, and I was just trying to stay out of his way. He’s such a great horse. I tried to get my cows cut good and then left it to him. The more the cow tests him, the harder he stops and the better he gets. I kinda take a chance on it, but he never lets me down.”

Lisa Langdon of Aubrey, Texas, cuts on DP Montana during Battle in the Saddle in Oklahoma City.

Taylor also had the job of turning off her ears, because Lisa, waiting her turn just behind the barrier, was screaming encouragement with every stop: “That’s it! That’s my baby.”

Lisa, unembarrassed, admits she does that a lot.

“Every time,” Taylor says with the resignation that daughters feel for their mothers’ excess. “I block it all out.”

After blocking out everything but her cutting, Taylor walked out of the arena with a 222. Lisa was left with the unenviable task of being next on DP Montana.

“When I walked into the herd, I looked at (trainer) Jason (Clark) and said, ‘I have to follow that?’ and he started laughing and said, ‘You can do it.’ And this little old horse,” Lisa says, pausing to pat “DP’s” nose, “he can. I’m proud of him. He did all he could with what he had with the cattle we picked, and I am very proud of this little horse.”

Lisa walked out of the herd with a 217, good enough for second place by the time the cutting was over.

Lisa has only herself and her husband, Tony, to blame for the second-place finish: They bought Dartin for Taylor, and they put her on a horse at age 8. Besides cutting, Taylor barrel races for the Texas Tech University team, Lisa is quick to let anyone know.

“I’m so proud of her I can’t stand myself.”

Dartin, a 1997 bay gelding by Freckles Playboy and out of Dartin Bartin by Doc’s Prescription, has more than $33,000 in National Cutting Horse Association earnings. Lisa’s horse, DP, is a 2001 sorrel gelding by Dual Pep and out of Hickory Montana by Doc’s Hickory. He has more than $32,000 in NCHA earnings and finished 10th at the 2009 AQHA World Championship Show.

To see photos from the July 8 Battle in the Saddle cutting, watch the slide show below. Click on the photos to see the captions. To get complete results, go to

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